Lee Sun Mi, known as Sunmi has faced criticism after a TikTok video went viral in which she is seen mocking Indian culture.
She is seen dancing with the other two dancers in the TikTok video. Fans speculated that she and her backup dancers are copying Indian classical dance steps and there hand gestures and head movements are a mockery of Indian classical dance.
Netizens starting slamming her for mocking the culture. They got offended after the video went viral.
Wow sunmi too…..I hate it here IMAGINE HOW TIRED WE ARE pic.twitter.com/dP5bnoqFD2
— raey⁷ (@taegusteez) July 26, 2020
Sunmi immediately notice the situation and took responsibility for what happened. She apologized to her fans.
The south-Korean singer took to Twitter and wrote: “There is no reason or intention for me to mock the culture of other countries. It’s because of my ignorance of the culture.”
“I apologize for being ignorant about the culture of other countries. And I’d like to say that I am truly sorry to those who have been hurt by my ignorance,” she added.
There is no reason or intention for me to mock the culture of other countries. It’s because of my ignorance of the culture. I apologize for being ignorant about the culture of other countries. And I’d like to say that I am truly sorry to those who have been hurt by my ignorance.
— Miyayeah (@miyaohyeah) July 26, 2020
Fans of Sunmi are really offended after her video. Here is the reaction of fans on social media:
For those of you wondering what happened with Sunmi:
Please respect the opinions of your Indian mutuals and try to support them in this. So many Kpop idols are culturally insensitive and refuse to learn about different cultures even though they have access to the internet. pic.twitter.com/4n7GqW8bKZ
— 𝓢𝓔𝓐 (@BARBZMlN) July 26, 2020
hey sunmi, this sound on tiktok is used in an offending manner towards indians. where the hand gestures & head bobs are a mockery of indian classical dances. please delete this! thank you♥️
— 🤡⁷ (@sairkive) July 26, 2020
I am an Indian and I want to ask what did Sunmi do that’s offensive here. I only feel weird about the faces and hand moments that her back up dancers are doing. Sunmi is just giggling throughout the song. Koreans love this song and she is just enjoying it. pic.twitter.com/XfeOWXrfZr
— Bangtan Sonyeondan and Sunmi for life ಡ ͜ ʖ ಡ (@BTSTXTpredicts) July 26, 2020